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Emma Sandström raises the issue of fear of the unknown

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Emma Sandström (b.1986) lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. She holds an MFA in Photography from Valand Art Academy, Gothenburg (graduated 2020). She´s taking part of an upcoming exhibition at Galleri Silk, Gothenburg in April 2021. She is part of the artist duo Emma & Conti and they have an exhibition at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg in September 2021. Sandström works with photographic and sculptural installations that explore mythologies, rituals and the tactile materiality of objects. In her work she investigates the notion of human interactions with objects and their surroundings, primarily focusing upon the theory of animism.

About ‘Perhaps of Ritual Significance’ – words by Emma Sandström:

In Perhaps of Ritual Significance, I visually examine folklore artifacts. The work centres around the fear of the unknown, researching rites and customs that have either been forgotten or have been appropriated for present times. I have visited and documented sites in connection to these myths, such as the only known werewolf grave in Europe and places thought to be used to ritualistically transform humans into animals. I recreate objects and reenact different rites in my studio, creating my own physical and fictitious archive around this subject, primarily through using photography. The objects created are entangled with both historical and personal meanings, not always fully articulated to the viewer.

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22 February 2021
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